The past few weeks have held some major events for me in Nashville and beyond. On March 15th I had the opportunity to travel to LA with a team from Provision International to attend a huge event called "The Cry". It wasn't a concert - although there was amazing music; it wasn't a conference - although there were profound speakers; it was a collective cry of prayer and petition to the Lord on behalf of the entertainment industry. "Why," you may ask? Well, let me expound....
Nothing impacts American culture more than the influence of Hollywood. And we all know that Hollywood influences the rest of the world. It's easy to complain about the immorality we witness in movies, tv shows and music. It's easier still to point the accusitory finger at Hollywood and speak words of blame for the effect's she's having on our culture. But what if the church joined together to face the issues in American entertainment head on instead of choosing judgement? What if we viewed Hollywood as a community of people that Jesus dearly loves and laid his life down for? What if we took the words of Proverbs 18:21 seriously: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" and we started choosing to speak blessing and life over an industry that needs positive transformation? What if we cried out to The Author of the creative arts, repented as Americans for what's been done and asked for His redemption to change to Hollywood? I'll tell you what happens - something POWERFUL.
A couple thousand passionate people worshippers in The Gibson Ampitheater in the heart of Universal Studios Hollywood for eight hours of intentional prayer, fasting, and repentance on March 15. We blessed the Lord and creator of all forms of art and asked for His redemption in the entertainment industry. We honored Christians who have been standing strong in Hollywood for decades. We honored Israel since Hollywood was started by Jewish men with grand vision for entertainment. Men repented to women for objectifying an using them. Women repented to men for using seduction as control. We prayed for people in the industry and asked God to reach them with His love. Kim Kardashian tweeted "The Lord will never give you more than you can handle" during the hours of The Cry event. Porn stars who attended the event weeped in repentance. Much needed rain came to the LA area after starting in the San Fernando valley, home to 90% of the Pornography Industry and moved down toward LA - a washing from Heaven and an answer to prayer both for the parched land and, we believe for parched spirits in Hollywood.
For me, The Cry was a profound movement to be a part as a concerned American, as a passionate follower of Jesus and as a musician. Since releasing "Shine" in 2010, I've sought the Lord's timing regarding all things music including recording. A few weeks after The Cry, Scott MacLeod, founder of Provision International and my pastor/leader invited me to record a song we wrote and a few days later I was in the Harvest Sound Studio, the music division of Provision International.
Later this month I'll be singing for a huge youth convention in Baltimore and am very excited about having a new single that reflects my new sound to give away as a free download. The track is called "Run Away" and encourages the listener to view God as the one who can take on their worries, be the escape route in the midst of trouble and provide a get away to a safe place of rest in Him. I'm passionate about the song's message - for the youth I'll be singing to next week, but also for the answers it holds for anyone who would listen. If only I could declare the lyrics over Hollywood for all to hear. Maybe someday - and only if the Lord wills. For now there is one thing I know I can do and I encourage you all to join me as I PRAY blessing and redemption over Hollywood. Lets believe for change and play a part in seeing it happen.
I'll end with this: Hollywood, I'm holding you in prayer...and even for a moment in the palm of my hand (look closely....)